Happy Holidays!

If you followed the saga of “I just realised it is the 23rd and I urgently need to draw an elaborate holiday cheer thing for the 25th” on Twitter, you know I only finished this after midnight and well…

But I did finish it!

Merry Christmas if you celebrate it, if not, whatever you do celebrate, may it be good and peaceful and bring generosity and comfort to you.

Thanks for reading this blog and being part of it and interacting with me throughout that time. ~I truly appreciate it and I hope I managed to share of my love for books and book boxes with you all.

Introducing you to Dr. Bea

Hi all,

Starting in May and from now onwards, I will have a collaborator to the blog, Dr. Bea (she isn’t actually a Doctor, but rather a Librarian and I am very fond of her). Everyone say Hi to her

*queue “Hi Dr. Bea” in singsong chorus*

Dr Bea is part of the book box club but she is in a colder country, Sweden, and she is a delightful fun person who doesn’t like whales or dolphins, but does like fire, theatre and books (obviously). She will be posting some of the reviews for Book Box Club books, and also she will add more books to the review list (specially Mystery and Thriller, we want to broaden the spectrum of what is reviewed here).

But I’d better let her introduce herself a little bit more and better…

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HELLO INTERNET. HELLO BLOG READERS. This is Dr. Bea, also known as The Spiderpig, writing.

Well, Moon kinda’ got all the important facts about my being down in print already, so I’ll just extend them a bit.

  • I do love Mystery and Thriller! But I’m also a sucker for Science Fiction. Not the travelling between different universe’s kind of Sci-fi, but the more (literally) down to earth, possibly near future with available technology kind. (I apparently also love long sentences, but I’ll work on that.) In fact, my first review on Moon’s blog is gonna be up next, and if you’re into governmental conspiracies and futuristic yet realistic adventures, this might very well be THE READ of 2018 for you.
  • Although I’m for some unknown reason terrified of whales, my favourite animals of all times are turtles.
  • At my work as a librarian, I’ve specialized in multilingual reading and Swedish for beginners, focusing on adults rather than children.
  • 2018 has so far been an amazing year reading wise for me, and if you haven’t read them alreadyΒ pleaseΒ giveΒ Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,Β The Hate U GiveΒ and Everything Beautiful is Not RuinedΒ a shot. (Realizing now that they’re all contemporary, which usually isn’t my favourite. But all the more reason to check them out.)

Okay, enough rambling on my part! I just once again wanna thank Moon for letting me be a guest blogger here. If you like what you hear from me, you can stalk me atΒ @aspiderpigsreadingsΒ on Bookstagram. A lot of bookish pictures as well as longer and shorter reviews going on there as well. Cya’.

Hiatus on Deviant-art

This is going to be a rambling wordy post so feel free to skip it.

I have an account on Deviant-Art (DA) that I have had for over 11 years. And after a lot of umming and erring I made the decision to leave it be.

When I started the internet wasn’t as “full” as it is now and it was quite inspirational to see my artwork there. However as the community grew there, white knights appeared telling you that your artwork (fanart) was a rip off and you had to take it off. There was also the fact that you could spend ages on the site and get no views or anything in return despite working hard on it.

To give you an idea of how much work there was, here’s my stats. Notice how many comments I have given compared to the ones I have received.

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Please ignore the journals and deviations I had many more but I set almost everything to storage.

As you can see, there has been a LOT of effort put into it. However I stayed round DA because I was part of two groups and was helping out in both of them.

Then last year, after having helped out hugely for 3 years, I had a glitch where I couldn’t see my notes during the weekend, and without telling me or even letting me explain what had happened they kicked me out. No explanation, no nothing. It wasn’t until after I asked another member to upload my information that I had missed during the weekend that someone told me it was due to my not replying to notes for a weekend.

Worst part was that I contacted them back and explained the situation, but they never got back to me and completely ignored me afterwards, as if I wasn’t good enough and I had never contributed to it at all. It hurt me and made me want to give up there and then with the site.

I still had the other group and I kept with it until around Christmas when life got a little busy and I wasn’t keeping up with it, so I politely told them I couldn’t keep doing it (despite wanting to).

Without those groups connecting me to DA, I realised there was too much negative in it for me. It wasn’t bringing views or commissions. It wasn’t giving me a platform to socialize with artists (most of them were more critical and harmful than helpful) and it was making me sad.

I have stored over 200 deviations and deleted most of my journals there (11 years worth of artwork and writing). I do not know if I will go back to it or not but for now I am keeping away from it.

And it has been very freeing, as I don’t have all that negativity over my artwork and writing.

It does mean you guys will be getting some of my writing posted here every now and then like yesterday’s poem. Hope you don’t mind!

Moon Kestrel lands into the blogosphere

This is me and why I am here.

I am Moon Kestrel.

Most of my friends know me as Moon and I look a little like Hermione does but with glasses. I am also very short and I do not wear heels (biomechanics are interesting, plus heels are evil and make me hurt)

20170729_111523Cosplaying Hermione at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) with Lisa Williamson.

As you can figure out from the picture (and the the blog tag), I like reading and books. I am quite a geek, nerd and a hipster (before it was even a thing). To be fair, it’s not like I was trying to fill those tags. I just happened to somewhat fit them.

I am smart, love learning, reading, will find shortcuts for maths (and can do mental maths, sometimes quicker than my friends can do them on a calculator), actually I like findingΒ ‘shortcuts’ in everything. I consider them to be ways to be more efficient or quicker or just get better results. Which means some times I will take the ‘long way shortcut’.

I am the girl that always has a book around (they are everywhere, in my purse, on the shelves, on the kitchen counter, on the bedstand, on the floor…). Actually when I moved to the UK from Mexico, one of my three suitcases was full of books. It must have looked suspicious because at airport security they asked me to open it and couldn’t believe their eyes when it was just piles and piles of books. Thankfully books aren’t restricted items, so I just went through and that was it.

Also I like taking opportunities so I have done a lot of things in my life and keep my mind open to new things.

This blog is meant to be a collection of book reviews (because books of course), recipes (who doesn’t like food?), some of my writing and musings, drawings and other things running around my mind.

So I hope you will stay around and like it.